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ENGAGE is EMU's front door to community engagement for faculty, staff, students, and community (organizations, local businesses, citizens and donors). ENGAGE is a virtual intersection community and university activity where both the community and University can identify or locate possible partnerships and collaborations.

This site is managed by EMU's Office of Academic Service-Learning.

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VISION, or more formally known as Volunteers Incorporating Service Into Our Neighborhoods, is dedicated to helping students, as well as staff, become actively engaged in service by operating student-led programs, comprised of direct service as well as education and advocacy components. Students interested in volunteering, receiving LBC credit for volunteering, meeting new people or learning about the world can learn more here.

Institute for the Study of Children, Family and Community (ISCFC)

Since 1979, ISCFC has provided research and service resources for local and state-wide community development. Faculty, students and community members with interests in Education, Health and Human Services and Community Development should contact ISCFC to explore research, grant  and current program opportunities. Learn more here.


The Office of Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) & Engaged Scholarship is focused on building an infrastructure that will support students, faculty, administrators, and community members in their efforts to implement academic service-learning (a teaching and learning strategy which integrates meaningful community service into courses and curriculum) and foster community engaged scholarship.

AS-L is home to several community based programs including: The Business Side of Youth, Digital Inclusion and CrossTown Theatre.

Information for faculty on using or participating in academic service-learning or community organizations in collaborating or partnering with faculty and courses can be found here.


The Non Profit Leadership Alliance works to prepare the next generation of nonprofit leaders and managers through workshops, training, one on one advising, group discussions, discussions and resources via social media conferences, webinars, classes, volunteer opportunities, internships, and mentoring. Students interested in receiving an undergraduate or graduate certificate in Non-Profit Leadership or organizations interested in partnering with NPLA can contact the director here.

Government and Community Relations

Government and Community Relations serves as liaison between EMU and all levels Government and EMU and the local regional community.

As a liaison the Vice President of Government and Community Relations represents EMU on the Eastern Leadership Group and the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Association (DDA)

Government and Community Relations also supports local philanthropic efforts such as the Rutherford Pool Project
and the Huron River Boathouse.

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